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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends: Beatles’ Song, or my Writer’s Creedo?

Posted on: April 22, 2010

Page a Day Writers Retreat in Big Bear

Sleepy, Happy Writers at the end of a Great Weekend!

I have to admit that I actually like the isolation at the computer, clicking keys, playing with characters’ lives, heaping all kinds of problems on them that only I can solve – or not. Whhooahh-ha-ha!

But sometimes writing gets a little on the lonely side, or I get attached to some turn of phrase that kind of sucks. That’s where my writing buddies come in. The Page a Day Writers Group meets at various locations once a month, but we  communicate via group email whenever we feel like it: one of us just uploaded a couple more chapters of a novel for members to read and give feedback, someone found a random website with something cool, funny, or informative that the rest of us might like to see; we give a heads up on a post of interest on one of our individual blogs; a great writing opportunity shows up on someone’s laptop and it gets passed to the group; one of our members wants to share exciting news …

You get the idea.

All of us write in different genres, and each writer offers a unique spice that creates the most delicious blend of flavors that makes the group an incredibly encouraging, nurturing experience. Rejections, writer’s block, ups and downs with editors, a scene that needs more work, motivation to get our butts in chairs, building platforms, pitching agents, all the things writers struggle with get smoothed out, or hammered out in some cases. And we don’t have to face challenges alone. The best part is, we get to share our triumphs when things go right.

The coolest thing we’ve done to date, in my opinion, is we spent last weekend at my parents’ cabin in Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains at our own Page a Day Writers’ Retreat. Six of us read chapters aloud and received feedback from every member of the group. We learned new things about each other, shared lots of laughter and a few tears. This weekend added a depth to the group that would not have been possible without the intimacy and time we spent together alone in the mountains sharing work and insights.

If you’re a writer, you’ve probably figured out by now that normal people don’t understand what it’s like to craft a story with all the elements necessary to make it work, to meticulously revise your words until a point is made in precisely the manner you intend. A writers’ group allows for communication with people who understand the ups and downs we all face.

When I joined the Page a Day Writers’ Group a couple of years ago, I had no idea how lucky I was to share the writer’s journey with such positive, supportive, talented people.

May every writer who wishes to connect with others who understand to compulsion to click the keys, to create characters and worlds from imagination, or bring a true story to life in creative nonfiction find a few kindred spirits to share the road to publication and beyond.

Happy writing!

Trish Wilkinson

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5 Responses to "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends: Beatles’ Song, or my Writer’s Creedo?"

I tried and tried to get a photo of us to upload, but an hour later, and several bouts with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, I’ve decided to go to bed. Maybe it will work in the morning. 🙂

Proud to be singing this classic Beatles’ song with you and all the Page-a-dayers (although I thought we did some of our best work with a KC & the Sunshine band tune!). Do a little dance. Make a little love. Write a chapter tonight. Write a chapter tonight. . .

Get down, get down, get down, get your Butt in Chair tonight! 😀 Oh, that song will be in my head the rest of the day…

Trish, I adore “I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends!” And yes, the perfect motto for our group. Our retreat was a true gift. Three cheers to spirited women who dare to share! Share we did, and what a blessing to be on the journey together.

Great picture you guys!!!

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The Page a Day Writers Group is a diverse collection of wonderful writers based in San Diego, CA. We've been meeting monthly since 2004. Our primary function is in-depth writing critique, marketing and brainstorming, but there's usually some wine, chocolate and ribaldry involved too. We write fantasy, humor, literary fiction, nonfiction, romance, thrillers and YA. Join us on our journeys to publication and the wonderland beyond!

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